Elected Republicans in Arizona have done a lot of damage over the years. Besides constantly cutting taxes they have:
Cut off new enrollment for adults without children in the state’s Medicaid program AHCCCS.Voted against extending unemployment benefits to be paid for by the Federal government.Created quasi-private “charter” schools in the name of “school choice”.Created tax credits for those who donate to “scholarship funds” for private and parochial schools.Enacted the infamous “living while brown” law known as SB1070.Raided special funds of the Department of Transportation, forcing the closure of Arizona’s rest stops.Raided special funds of the State’s park department forcing the closure of most of the state parks.Sold off the state capital buildings in a complex lease-buy-back scheme.Cut public school funding.
And that’s just some of the damage that elected Republicans have done to Arizona. But Republicans aren’t content with the damage they have done. Now that they face the prospect of losing their death grip on the Arizona legislature this November, they are hell bent inflicting even more damage upon Arizona.
One state legislator has introduced a bill requiring public schools to offer as an elective a course on the Bible and its influence on Western society. Another legislator has introduced a bill requiring that a class devoted to the “free markets” be passed in order for a student to graduate from public schools. Yet another legislator has proposed increasing the tax credit given to those who donate to private and parochial school “scholarship funds”. It should be noted that the same legislator is the head of such an “scholarship” organization.
Speaker Andy Tobin is pushing to have his secretly designed redistricting maps approved by voters in a special election. Other legislators are pushing to put up for vote the elimination of the AIRC and to allow the legislature once again to determine redistricting maps.
Now the Republicans want to strip all public employees at every level of government in the state of their right to collectively bargain. It is not enough that Arizona is a so called “right to work” state. No, they want to destroy the last major unions in the state, the public unions. Firefighters, police, teachers, etc would all be disallowed from collectively bargain. Plus, union dues could no longer be automatically deducted from their paychecks.
Elected Republicans know that any damage they do before the elections this November won’t be easily repaired or reversed, if at all. They know that because constitutionally it takes a super majority of both house of the legislature for any tax increase, that their tax cuts will stand. They know that because taxes can’t be reversed that their cuts to public education and the social safety net will stand.
So, the damage will continue and the future of Arizona isn’t looking so good.